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Liberia Says 1,000 Dead in Week

Heavy gunfire again rang out across Liberia’s capital Monrovia as rebels attacked Double Bridge on a route that cuts towards the home of the embattled president, Charles Taylor. The government says 1,000 civilians have been killed in the latest attack on a city battered by 14 years of violence. Bursts of heavy gunfire echoed around the two bridges at the threshold of the city center Monday after rebels rejected a U.S. call to pull out immediately so peacekeepers can deploy. “We managed to hold them off at the bridge and push them back,” army chief of staff General Benjamin Yeaten told Reuters. As the bullets flew from wild outbursts of firing, city residents were forced to crouch low as they raced through the streets in a desperate search for food and water. Reuters journalist Matthew Tostevin told CNN: “There is a very little respite for the people in this city. People are struggling to survive as the battle goes on around them. Full Story

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